Steve Johnson Campbell

June 27, 1920February 28, 2013

Steve Johnson Campbell, 92, of Bloomington, IN passed away on Thursday, February 28, 2013 surrounded by his family at his home. He was born on June 27, 1920 in Morristown, TN, the son of the late Thomas and Lena B. (Luttrell) Campbell. Steve graduated from Morristown High School. From 1940 – 1943 he was a reporter and editor of the Newport Times, a family owned newspaper. While in Newport, TN, Steve was a member of the Tennessee National Guard until the fall of 1943 when he volunteered in World War II. He served in the U.S. Army Engineers in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater as an administrative non- commissioned officer. As an army reservist he also was on active duty during the Korean War. While home on leave, he married Sara Williams Campbell on D-Day, June 6, 1944. His education was obtained after his military service. He received his B.A. in English from Carson-Newman College in 1949 and his M.A. from Peabody School of Education at Vanderbilt University in 1952. His major was Education Administration with an English minor. For six years he spent his life as a teacher and administrator in Tennessee and for 31 years in the public schools of Los Angeles County California. He was a member of Phi Delta Kappa Chapter at Claremont College. Steve was a member of Sherwood Oaks Christian Church in Bloomington. When Steve lived in California, his hobby was gardening which was year-round. For 39 years, he enjoyed traveling and vacationing at the California beaches and deserts. Steve was a dedicated family man; he enjoyed his two children, nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Steve is survived by his devoted wife Sara of 68 years; his son, Tom (Barbara) Campbell of Peoria, AZ; his daughter, Jane (Scott) MacKenzie of Bloomington, IN; sister, Alice Lillian Norton of Ojai, CA; nine grandchildren, Sharon (Sean) Mortenson of Scottsdale, AZ, Laura (Nathan) Heckman of Oman, Stephen (Elisa) Campbell of Baltimore, MD, Emily Campbell of Tempe, AZ, Sarah (Chad) Maddox, Karen, Matthew, Katherine, and Caroline MacKenzie all of Bloomington and Indianapolis area; and six great grandchildren, with one on the way. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, William Luttrell Campbell. Funeral services to celebrate his life will be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, March 3, 2013 at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, officiated by Pastor Tom Ellsworth. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Sunday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bloomington Hospital Foundation (I.U. Hospice), P.O. Box 1149, Bloomington, IN 47402. Online condolences may be made to the family at


  • Funeral Service Sunday, March 3, 2013
  • Visitation Sunday, March 3, 2013

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Jean Boquist

March 18, 2013

Dear Jane and Scott,

We were sorry to read of Jane's father's recent death. He was very accomplished and lived an active, satisfying life. We know how much you and your dear mother will miss him. Please accept our sympathy and extend it to your mother, brother, and other family members. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Very sincerely,

Jean and John Boquist

Jim Hiigel

March 9, 2013

I have always been a fan of Mr. Campbell. As a kid I watched how he and Mrs. Campbell acted around my parents Lew and Kay Hiigel. My sister Barbara married his son Tom and I was very affected by their interactions as I had never seen someone in my family marry and watched in-laws become so close in what seemed "seemless".

I get a sense of peace when I know that the celebration for the deceased is a happy/sad sort of way because there was a very solid relationship with our Lord. Congratulations good and faithful servant. Jim Hiigel

March 4, 2013

Dear Sara, I send you my thoughts and sympathy. I feel so fortunate to have known Steve, even though for only a short while. He was such a sweet person. I imagine him and Emily Dickinson in deep conversation.
Tonia Matthew

Marcus & Carol Canipe

March 3, 2013

We have many fond memories of Uncle Steve that stretch from Newport to Hacienda Heights and back to Phoenix and Bloomington. Whether it was his "bet" with Tom on whether Sandy Koufax would win his 20th game before their Newport vacation ended in 1964 (Koufax got stuck on 19 due to an injury); his insights into life, education, and the growing LA basin as traffic challenged his "one hour to the ocean, mountains, or desert" location he found earlier than most; or so many others -- none of those memories will surpass our memory of his pride and love for his family as it grew over the years. Our deepest sympathies are with Aunt Sara and the families of Tom and Jane while we celebrate a life well lived by a good man. Peace and joy be with you.

Marsha Rothrock

March 2, 2013

To Sara & all your family. Please accept my deepest sympathy! When I saw Steve at church, he was always smiling & happy. I know you will all miss him. God be with & bless all of you!